There seems to be a lot of confusion (and non-adherence) to the rules regarding vaccinations. These are not optional BUT required.

A few thoughts

  1. Putting a pigeon with pox in your flock to let them get pox naturally is NON compliance. You still need to vaccinate against pox.
  2. PMV/ND vaccination is NOT the same as PPMV vaccination. PPMV is the pigeon strain of the paramyxo virus. You must vaccinate against that strain separately. Otherwise you are not complying but even worse – YOUR FLOCK IS AT RISK!
  3. Giving La-Sota (live PMV/ND virus) is not a valid vaccination.

Below the extract from SANPO’s 2018 rule:

SANPO Rule: (May 2018)
“D3.10 All pigeons must be vaccinated annually against Newcastle Disease (ND), Pigeon Paramyxovirus (PPMV) and Pigeon Pox (PP) with the last vaccination having been done at least 30 days before the racing season starts.

The following vaccines must be used:
Newcastle Disease (ND): An inactivated vaccine intended for the active immunisation of day-old broiler chicks against Newcastle Disease, registered with Act36/1947. (Example NOBILIS® ND BROILER REG. NO. G2469 / Act 36/1947)

Pigeon Paramyxovirus (PPMV): An inactivated vaccine intended for the active immunisation of Pigeons against Pigeon Paramyxovirus, registered with Act36/1947. (Example NOBILIS Paramyxo P201 REG NO, G2494 Act36/1947)

Pigeon Pox: A Modified live vaccine intended for the active immunisation of Pigeons against Pigeon Pox. (Example Medipox REG NO. G3045 Act 36/1947)

A certificate confirming that this has been done, signed by the relevant members, as well as two fellow club members, containing the batch number and expiry date of the vaccines used, should be made available. Each club member/ club/ organisation must have such a certificate or copy thereof available at all times.”

Salmonella test kits – “Greatest thing since sliced bread”

Last weekend we tried the Salmonella (Paratyphoid) home test kit for the first time. It’s really easy to use and you have a result in 10 minutes.

We did a combined sample test on our loft and it came out negative (phew…! 🙂 ). Doing this regularly will help to minimise “shooting in the dark”. It’s better to know what’s wrong and treat accordingly.

The kits are available locally from Medpet and it’s very economical.